Welcome to the “Pathophysiology of the Placenta” Group, headed by Isabella Ellinger. This group is part of the Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research at the Center of  Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology of the Medical University of Vienna in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
The primary aim of my research group is to study uptake/traffic/effects of maternal macromolecules at the materno-fetal interface under physiologic and pathophysiologic conditions.
The second important mission is science education and scientific communication /knowledge dissemination. 
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Here, you can see me together with ”Zotti”, the magical placental creature that once was detected by microscopy, but never showed up again...
NEWS  Recent activities


Research topics

Transplacental IgG-Transport:

New therapeutic antibodies may influence the development of the fetus - how can we interfere?

(Ellinger & Fuchs, Wien Med Wochenschr. 2012 May;162(9-10):207-13.)

Transplacental MeHg – Transfer:

Transport processes across the placenta and metabolism in the placenta determine the fetal exposure to xenobiotics. We try to predict fetal exposure

(In collaboration with Claudia Gundacker, Hans Salzer, Harald Zeisler)

Diseases of pregnancy:

Function of „Receptor for Advanced Glycated End- Products“ (RAGE) at the materno-fetal interface – a role in preeclampsia

(In collaboration with S. Dekan, H. Zeisler)

PhD Seminars starting 03-10-2014

Critical and Creative Journal Club - CCJC:

Friday at 9.00 a.m., library IPA (4Q)

Stimulating Friday Seminars -SFS:

Friday at 10.15 a.m., library IPA (4Q)

News from the students

27 08 2014 Yuliya Mytsko (Master student, UniVienna) finished master thesis

August 2014 Lena Kuhn and Berni Seidelmann (Pupils from HBLVA for chemical industry, Rosensteingasse, Vienna and recipients of Talente praktikas) start their Diploma thesis

16 09 2014 Arife Sener, master student, Andreas Maier (diploma student) and Katharina Gelles, BMA, present their research at the 5th CePII retreat


Lena Kuhn

I. Ellinger, M. Hermann, Yuliya Mytsko and P.Pietschmann

Bernhard Seidelmann

Katharina Gelles (with Lena and Berni)

Andreas Maier and Arife Sener

Arife Sener